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--Hemp Kestrel Car Door Lands at KNACKA

Ziggy Marley came through with his family to visit and check out the KNACKA shop last week. It was truly wonderful to have him in the space and show him what we are up to in trying too educate the masses about industrial hemp. He left us with an amazing teaching tool to use that will help immensely in turning people on to the potential of this plant.

I introduce to you a hemp bio-composite door panel from a Kestrel prototype electric car that is currently being tested in Canada. The entire outer body of the car is molded from hemp fiber and resin. Big up Ziggy and Orly, as always thank you for everything!






For more info:
Motive Industries – Maker of the Kestrel Car
Article About Hemp Kestrel
Ziggy Marley Website

--LED Light Show at KNACKA Controlled by Twitter Hashtags and the Raspberry Pi

Jumpwire Video created a 250 LED light installation in the KNACKA store that sets off a light show anytime someone includes #KNACKA in a post to Twitter. Check out the video below.

via Jumpwire Video

Jumpwire video shares a space with the retail outlet of KNACKA. We were looking for a way to promote the KNACKA brand on social media as well as show off the capabilities of Jumpwire. Simply sending a tweet with the Hashtag #KNACKA will cause RGB LEDs installed throughout the store displays to go through a series of patterns.

The installation consists of 250 WS2801 RGB LEDS, a Raspberry Pi, and a Raspberry Pi WS2801 Bridge Kit from @wizard and

The Raspberry Pi makes use of the Linux Occidentalis Distro as well as the Tweepy Python library.

When the slatwall displays were being constructed for the KNACKA shop the wooden slats were spaced using the RGB LEDS so that they would fit perfectly with no fasteners required.

The KNACKA shop is also a manufacturing space. KNACKA creates messenger bags, backpacks, laptop cases, bandanas, T-Shirts and much more from Industrial Hemp.

The space also serves as the video editing studio for Jumpwire Video. Visitors will see examples of retail displays that include projection mapping, multi-screen displays, and informational kiosks controlled by RFID tags. Stop in for a visit to see many examples of of how media, electronics, and manufacturing can be combined for a truely unique retail display.

--KNACKA Grand Opening & 4th Annual Hemp History Week Celebration

CONTACT: Wonder Knack
Phone 503-267-3224

KNACKA Grand Opening & 4th Annual Hemp History Week Celebration

Portland, OR – On June 7th, KNACKA will host a celebration for the grand opening of the flagship KNACKA retail store and 4th Annual Hemp History Week. KNACKA designs and manufactures premium handcrafted hemp gear in our Portland, Oregon shop. Hemp History Week is a national grassroots education campaign taking place from June 3-9, 2013 to renew strong support for hemp farming in the United States.

This event will feature free samples of hemp food and body care products from the sponsors of Hemp History Week as well as ways to take action in getting industrial hemp legalized to farm in the U.S. once again. Educational materials to learn about the many uses of hemp including a “hemp petting zoo” will be on hand. Electronics installations by Jumpwire Video will be featured illustrating how video, LEDs, RFID, microcontrollers and sensors can come together to create a truly unique retail and educational experience.

For thousands of years industrial hemp has been critical to the survival, success and evolution of humans worldwide. Utilizing industrial hemp’s potential today will be key to moving forward sustainably and successfully in the future. Our aim at KNACKA is to create premium quality hemp products that will once again interweave one’s daily life with the rich and rugged history that this amazing sustainable resource holds.

Hemp History Week will feature a national retailer program with over 800 participating stores, local events, a nation-wide restaurant program, and hemp product sampling. The campaign will also feature a 2 week Take Action petition drive to encourage the Obama administration and Congress to change federal policy and allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.

Please join us for this landmark event.

KNACKA Grand Opening & 4th Annual Hemp History Week Celebration
Friday June 7, 2013
11 am – 10 pm
7824 SW 35th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97219



KNACKA is based in Portland, Oregon and is the creative entity of designer, photographer and artist Wonder Knack. The KNACKA brand is rooted in the desire to create beautifully crafted, premium quality, rugged, technical gear made from industrial hemp. Our products are designed and manufactured by hand in our Portland shop. For more info visit

Hemp History Week, June 3–9, 2013, is an industry-­wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp. The HIA is a non-­profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers, farmers and supporters. Vote Hemp is a national, single-­issue, non-­profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation and advocacy. For further information, please visit and